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How to Use Windows 7 Power Management for Automatic Updates?

By Codrut Nistor

Posted in How-to, Windows-7

By default when Windows is in hibernation state it does not wake up when Automatic Updates is scheduled and latest updates are available. This feature though is not a problem when used in homes. However when Windows 7 computer is used in production environments and when latest updates are available it becomes essential for the operating system to receive them in order to make the computer as secure as possible. To accomplish this task administrators need to ensure that systems are up and running when automatic updates are scheduled and they are available. The latest feature in Windows 7 helps administrators in this regard. Administrators can now use Windows Power Management feature in Windows to enforce computers wake up when automatic updates are scheduled and are available. Administrators can configure this by following the steps given below:

  1. Logon to the computer using administrator account.
  2. Click on Start button.
  3. At the bottom of start menu in search box type gpedit.msc and press enter key.
  4. From the Local Group Policy Editor snap-in under Computer Configuration expand Administrative Templates and then expand Windows Components.
  5. From the expanded list select Windows Update and from the right pane double click on Enabling Windows Update Power Management to automatically wake up the system to install scheduled updates.
  6. From the opened box select Enabled radio button and click on Ok button to accept and confirm you selection.
  7. Close Local Group Policy Editor snap-in and open Command Prompt.
  8. In command window type gpupdate /force and press enter key to update your computer with latest settings.
  9. Close Command Prompt